Lukasz | Bugaj


Postdoctoral Fellow


2014 - present
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, San Francisco

2008 - 2014
Ph.D., Bioengineering
UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco

2007 - 2008
M.S.E., Biomedical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University

2003 - 2007
B.S., Biomedical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University

Fellowships and Awards

Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016-2018
Regeneron Prize for Creative Innovation, Honorable Mention, 2013
Siebel Scholars Fellowship, 2013
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley, 2012


Bugaj LJ, Choksi AT, Mesuda CK, Kane RS, Schaffer DV.Optogenetic protein clustering and signaling activation in mammalian cells.” Nature Methods 10(3): 249-25 (2013).

Cao J, Arha M, Sudrik C, Bugaj LJ, Schaffer DV, Kane RS. “Light-inducible activation of target mRNA translation in mammalian cells”. Chemical Communications 49(75): 8338-8340 (2013).

Bugaj LJ and Schaffer DV. “Bringing next generation therapeutics to the clinic through synthetic biology.” Current Opinion in Chemical Biology16(3-4): 355-361(2012).

Khan M, Steppan J, Schuleri K, Ryoo S, Tuday E, Bugaj L, Santhanam L, Berkowitz T, Nyhan D, Shoukas AA, Berkowitz DE. “ Upregulation of arginase-II contributes to decreased age-related myocardial contractile reserve.” European Journal of Applied Physiology 112(8): 2933-2941 (2012).

White AR, Ryoo S, Bugaj L, Attarzadeh DO, Thiyagarajan S, Chen K, Attwater S, Abbot B, Li D, Champion HC, Shoukas AA, Nyhan D, Hare JM, Berkowitz DE, Tuday EC. “Early changes in vasoreactivity after simulated microgravity are due to an upregulation of the endothelium-dependent nitric oxide/cGMP pathway.” European Journal of Applied Physiology 110(2): 395-404 (2010).

Kim JH, Bugaj LJ, Bivalacqua T, Ryoo SS, Oh YJ, Soucy KG, Santhanam L, Camara A, Sikka G, Nyhan D, Shoukas AA, Champion HC, Berkowitz DE. “Arginase Inhibition Restores NOS Coupling and Reverses Endothelial Dysfunction and Vascular Stiffness in Old Rats.” Journal of Applied Physiology 107(4): 1249-57 (2009).

Steppan J, Ryoo S, Schuleri KH, Gregg C, Hasan RK, White AR, Bugaj LJ, Khan M, Santhanam L, Nyhan D, Shoukas A, Hare J, Berkowitz DE. “Arginase modulates myocardial contractility by a NOS-1 dependent mechanism.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 103(12): 4759-4764 (2006).